One of the many things you can count on at Angel Wing Farm is the concept of transitions. Whether you are referring to weather conditions, seasonal changes, crop rotation or which farmers are actively working the land, we are frequently in the process of transition. The young farm couple we were working with, Laurel & Micah, have decided to move on. We thank them for their time and hard work. I learned a lot from Laurel, with regard to crop rotation, seeking and opening new markets, finding interns and supporting their learning process, and how to relax after a hard days work. I want to wish them good fortune as they continue their journey of life.
So, after nearly a year and a half, Rich, Steve & I are back in the saddle again. We never really got completely off of the horse, and had been working along side Laurel and Micah during that time, but we did have a bit of a breather. This year’s race to winter has been a bit more challenging since we are cleaning up and resetting the garden beds for early spring planting, processing and stacking wood, repairing and putting away the equipment and tools of the summer season and beginning our heating season. We heat two of our greenhouses during the late fall, winter and early spring. We heat the citrus tree greenhouse adjacent to the shop building and the seedling and winter greens greenhouse. I am happy to say that the citrus crop is coming along nicely and should be ripe in mid winter, although the crop is smaller than last year’s. Steve also planted some lovely winter spinach, lettuce and arugula in the raised beds located in the seeding/transplant greenhouse.
Steve, Rich and I want to express our heartfelt gratitude to those of you who have supported us this year by frequenting our farmers market at the Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene and our local farm stand. We love seeing our customers on a weekly basis. A special thank you goes out to my dear friend, Marsha Cook, who cheerfully volunteered each and every week at our farmers market. Thank you also to Grace Brolin for her delicious jams, jellies, pickles and to Ginni McByrne for her locally made, pure maple syrup. Their willingness to consign their goods with Angel Wing Farm allowed us to have a more diverse offering at the farm stand and at the farmer’s market.
This winter we will be looking at the question, “Where do we go from here?” Working a small-scale, self-sufficient farm is hard work, and long hours, for three 60+ somethings. Rich, Steve and I feel like we are only conduits in this sustainability journey we embarked on forty some years ago. It is wonderful to receive some of the feedback we get, but we are just standing on the shoulders of giants. Although we continue to be passionate about the mission of Sullivan Center for Sustainable Agriculture, some of our options may involve temporarily scaling back in the area of production and marketing as we reset to move ahead. More to follow as we ponder the possibilities.